Essay by berensskaterHigh School, 10th grade March 2008

download word file, 4 pages 0.0

Between the Canada, Mexico, and a Hard PlaceUnderstanding NAFTA and its EffectsTony BerensHonors English 10, Hour 2Kathryn TabkeMarch 21, 2008Introduction:The year of 1994 gave birth to a big screen legend, the Lion King, announced the election of George W. Bush as the governor of Texas, and saw a cancellation of the World Series. In the same year, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was put into effect, an event in the close past that has proven to be helpful, affect the economy, and create a hefty amount of controversy. NAFTA required many years of planning so that it could come into effect.

Summary of Research:Initially, the agreement was proposed for corporate interests. Leaders of three North American countries, the United States of America, Mexico, and Canada, originally signed the policy in December of 1992 as an attempt to get rid of the majority of tariffs among each other. All three countries had very low support for NAFTA until Bill Clinton came into office in the U.S.

and made the agreement a main priority. President Clinton did not alter the agreement whatsoever, but added the North American Agreements on Labor and Environmental Cooperation. Together, the two additions promote the decision to solve any problems that may occur in the labor force and in the environment due to NAFTA. The integration of Mr. Clinton’s agreements settled small amounts of the controversy surrounding the original document. In the eve of deep political debate, both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed the bill, still with much opposition. Clinton’s additions settled just enough of the opposition to pass the agreement. The North American Free Trade Agreement was finally integrated into U.S. foreign policy on the first day of 1994.

NAFTA has deeply affected the economy of the United States of America, Canada,